JAY CLARKE

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A book designed specifically for young adults studying PSHE, but with the needs of the teacher very much in mind. Each poem comes complete with its own bespoke lesson plan... FIND OUT MORE

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"They introduce the children to a variety of real life situations that they may already be facing (such as bullying) and provides them with potential ways to face up to the situations and to learn coping skills and to help others if required.

 

The positive impact of this book will remain with the children for years to come. Perhaps for the rest of their lives."

- That's Books and Entertainment

 

 

“I am a Social Worker and, prior to publication of this book, Jay allowed me to choose one of the poems to run a group session with school-aged children in my social care group.  I could honestly have chosen any one of the poems, since they all resonated with contemporary issues, but we settled on the poem “I Have a Secret” and I used the lesson plan provided to lead the discussion.

 

The children enjoyed the poem and were happy with the ending, which appeared to resolve the issue of how the ‘burden’ of a secret could be off-loaded.  They were inspired to discuss their own experiences of personal and cyber bullying and strategized about who they felt they were (or were not) able to speak to.  They discussed loyalty, responsibility and integrity.  Essentially, they came to a consensus on the merits of sharing a secret and its inherent benefits in terms of their own well-being.

 

Jay’s poems are enjoyable and easy to read and they make the job of even getting children to read poetry in the first place a very easy one.  These poems don’t just entertain and encourage – they teach!  I would highly recommend this book and will use it many more times”

- P. Galvin – Social Worker, London

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